At the end of his life, the bloated and vindictive Henry VIII found himself without any friends. But you can hardly be surprised when he’d executed so many of them. Even showering admiration and homage on this volatile monarch was no guarantee that your head would remain attached to your shoulders. Take Thomas More for example or Thomas Cromwell – two men who faithfully served the king and ended up facing an axe when they fell out of favour.
Here I am on Yesterday TV’s Private Lives of the Monarchs explaining what a wretched figure Henry VIII was at the end.